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1693: Countess de La Fayette – Author of One of the First Psychological Novels

1693: Countess de La Fayette – Author of One of the First Psychological Novels
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Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne married Count La Fayette in 1655, attaining the title of countess.

Countess de La Fayette, full name Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, died on this day in 1693. She became known as a writer – her novel La Princesse de Clèves is considered one of the first historical novels in European literature. Countess de La Fayette was born in Paris in 1634, and lived in the time when Louis XIV was king.

Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne received a good education in her youth. She married Count La Fayette in 1655, through which she attained the title of countess. She was 21 at the time, while he was 18 years older. Her husband was an ancestor of the famous Marquis de la Fayette, one of the prominent personalities of the American War of Independence and the French Revolution.

Countess de La Fayette wrote several works in addition to the aforementioned novel, such as Zaïde and La Princesse de Montpensier. Princesse de Clèves is also considered one of the first psychological novels in European history and has served as the basis of several movies.

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